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4:39 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Mo. job incentive program comes up short

Tom Schweich
State of Missouri

A new audit says Missouri officials have overstated the economic impact of the state's main job incentive programs.

The report released Monday by Auditor Tom Schweich focuses on the Quality Jobs program, which provides tax breaks to businesses that add jobs with decent wages and health insurance.

Schweich says the projected jobs and investment reported by the Department of Economic Development has significantly overstated the amount of jobs actually created and the amount of money actually invested by businesses to improve facilities and equipment.

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Politics
4:19 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Occupiers camp out in Columbia for conference

Robert Abel KBIA

Members of the Occupy Missouri movement have wrapped up a three-day gathering in Columbia.

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Politics
10:31 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Rick Perry endorses Ed Martin for Mo. AG

Rick Perry
Gage Skidmore Flickr

Texas Governor Rick Perry visited Cape Girardeau on Friday to drum up Republican support for Attorney General candidate Ed Martin.

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Politics
10:20 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Nixon to sign job-training bill for veterans

File photo KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is preparing to sign legislation intended to help more military veterans receive on-the-job training for private-sector employment.

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Education
10:17 am
Mon July 2, 2012

MU Medical School focuses on LGBT health

Health for the LGBT, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender population is expected to become a focus of the MU Medical School.

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Politics
9:44 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Missouri to decide on Medicaid expansion

The capitol building, Jefferson city
j.stephenconn Flickr

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling, upholding the federal health law, has provided more clarity to the region and country. 

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Crime
9:25 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Mo. police, union investigate misconduct claim

Columbia Police and union officials are looking into claims that topless waitresses participated in a recent union fundraiser.

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Weather
8:24 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Cooling centers provide escape from the heat

The hot summer sun
jetsandzeppelins Flickr

Triple-digit temperatures with heat advisories and excessive heat warnings continue today, throughout much of the state. 

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Politics
6:25 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Occupy supporters gather outside City Hall

Occupy Columbia Protesters hold up signs in front of City Hall. They are trying to raise awareness about income inequalities and government corruption.
Robert Abel KBIA

Supporters of the Occupy Movement gathered outside of City Hall  to kick off what they are calling a state-wide Occupy event.

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Arts and Culture
6:04 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Where cultures come together: Columbia group seeks to ease transition for refugees

A sign welcomes people from all over the world to Columbia's World Refugee Day celebration.
Jon Ingram KBIA

As a refugee from Bosnia, Senad Music knows firsthand how difficult it is to get acclimated to a new culture. He says when he came to America 16 years ago he found it difficult to adapt to the culture, and he is trying to make the transition easier for newer refugees. On a recent weekend at Columbia's World Refugee Day, that means manning the grill during the World Refugee Celebration.

“My mission today is kind of cook food, you know, be on the grill, and welcome people from the community and other refugees," said Music.

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Education
6:03 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

UM Curator open to public input on university press

David Chico Pham Flickr

UM Board of Curators Chair David Bradley says he is open to public input about the University of Missouri Press.

Dozens of supporters of the UM Press showed up during a Board of Curator’s public meeting on Tuesday. Some stayed until the end, but never got a chance to make their comments. Bradley says although he wasn’t aware of the gathering until just before the meeting, he is open to public input in the future.

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Arts and Culture
5:50 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Off the Clock: Faith and Fiestas in Mexico, MO.

For Mexico teen Monica Martinez, life is a balance between faith, family and her own dreams.
Lydia Mulvaney and Andrew Schriver KBIA/Columbia Missourian

On this edition of Off the Clock, we visit Monica Martinez, a teen whose Latin American family is putting down roots in Mexico, Missouri.

KBIA and the Columbia Missourian have been working with rural teens all over Missouri to get their stories about … being a teen, in rural Missouri. Called “My Life My Town,” the project worked with teens to create multimedia portraits about their lives – some of the teens where a pink triangle, some of them camouflage or a tiara. Over the next few weeks, we’ll hear the audio versions of these portraits on “Off the Clock."

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Education
4:41 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Missouri receives No Child Left Behind waiver

John Murden Flickr

Missouri elementary and secondary schools will now have more flexibility from the federal No Child Left Behind requirements. More control is back in the hands of the state after the US Department of Education announced Missouri as one of five states granted a waiver Friday.

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Weather
4:14 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Fire in Mark Twain forest underscores Mo. heat threat

Fire concerns are widening in southeast Missouri as crews battle a 550-acre blaze in the Mark Twain National Forest.

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday ordered the Missouri National Guard to get ready to assist with firefighting efforts. The fire broke out Thursday in a section of the 1.5-million-acre forest located in Iron County, and the governor's office says about 2,000 additional acres are at risk.

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CoMo Weekender
1:04 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Almost the Fourth ft. Maplewood Barn, community gardens and fireworks

The Fourth of July in Columbia
City of Columbia Parks and Recreation

This weekend might be a heat wave, but skip your plans to sit in front of the fan. Instead, go to the Maplewood Barn or check out Columbia’s community gardens. Then plan your Fourth of July. Follow our guide. 

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